Despite the eclecticism of Boris‘ 19 albums—including a foray into grungy alternative rock on the trio’s latest, Noise—fans generally know what to expect from the Japanese experimental band’s live show. It’s reliably captivating: guitarists Wata and Takeshi stand up front, enveloped in fog as they unleash waves of noise upon the audience, and drummer Atsuo sits behind them as the engine driving everything inexorably forward.
As it demonstrated Saturday night, the intimate yet roomy 9:30 Club is well-equipped for Boris: it provides a stage big enough for the band’s theatrics and a sound system that can handle its dynamic range. Openers SubRosa and The Atlas Moth also played memorable sets, with the latter’s melodic doom metal taking full advantage of 9:30 Club’s formidable sound and light systems.
The Atlas Moth: